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Talk: Frameworks – Quay BrothersIFFR 2020
In this unique, immersive installation, the Quay Brothers introduce a number of motifs, images and objects from their future film-in-the-making.
The Quay Brothers introduce a number of scenes and motifs from their forthcoming feature film, based on Bruno Schulz's Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (1937). The sanatorium is a floating world halfway between sleep and wakefulness, in a morbid ambiguity of time that cannot be measured by clocks.
Talk: Ordinary HeroesIFFR 2020
A panel discussion with Hong Kong filmmakers whose new works respond to Hong Kong's political turmoil with artistry and courage.
This panel discussion brings together Hong Kong filmmakers whose new works respond to the territory's struggle in cinematic language, giving us urgent reports from the ground and helping us understand the struggle today. They represent Hong Kong cinematic creativity across genres: documentary, feature fiction, and short and experimental film.
Talk: Sacred Beings – On GenderingIFFR 2020
During the opening of Sacred Beings, Mongolian queer activist Anaraa Nyamdorj will talk to makers with works in the programme.
Sacred Beings by Young Curator Darunee Terdtoontaveedej gives new context to contemporary queer culture in Asia. During the opening, Mongolian queer activist Anaraa Nyamdorj will talk to makers with work in the programme, and Raoni Muzho Saleh will give a transfiguration performance.
Talk: Sex & Power in Visual LanguageIFFR 2020
How have directors such as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Sofia Coppola depicted women, and what influence does this have on how we think?
How have elements such as the lighting and camera angles used in films influenced how we look at women? How do big-name, universally respected directors contribute to a culture where sexual intimidation exists? Filmmaker Nina Menkes gives food for thought about the relationships between sex and power – challenging and provocative.
Talk: The Tyger BurnsIFFR 2020
A discussion with female filmmakers who have been active for fifty years or more. On their careers and their position, then and now.
The programme The Tyger Burns focuses on filmmakers who have been working as long as the Rotterdam film festival has existed. This panel discussion features the women of this group. What was it like to make your debut fifty (or more) years ago? How has the situation of female filmmakers changed?